I picked this one up with my first Leaves of the World order, mostly as an afterthought since they hadn’t got enough That’s My Jam! left to fulfil my order and asked me what I wanted instead. I picked this one out because it sounded good, and because it’s one of the ones I’d looked at before putting my final cart together.

It smells delicious, dry. Very bright, tart lemon – like lemon curd. To taste, it’s a bit of a different story. The lemon is intense and distinctive to begin with, but it quickly becomes super artificial and very reminiscent bathroom cleaner. I almost get cheesecake in the mid-sip; there’s something that’s approaching tangy, sour, cream cheese…but it’s just not quite there. The lemon descends into artificiality at about that point, so I’m wondering if that’s affecting things. Probably. I mean, how could it not? I don’t get any biscuit, which is a shame.

The suggestion for this one is as a hot tea or a latte, but I’m actually wondering whether this one might work better cold. The intensity of the lemon seems to fade a little as my cup cools, so maybe that’s the way forward. I’m interested to try it as a latte, though. A little extra sweetness and creaminess might be just the thing.

I think this is going to be one of those really finicky blends that takes a while to get right. I have 50g, though, so plenty to play with until I do!

Boiling 2 min, 45 sec 1 tsp

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Hi :) I’m Sarah, and I live in Norfolk in the UK. My tea obsession began when a friend introduced me to Teapigs a good few years ago now. Since then, I’ve been insatiable. Steepster introduced me to a world of tea I never knew existed, and my goal is now to TRY ALL THE TEAS. Or most of them, anyway.

I still have a deep rooted (and probably life-long) preference for black tea. My all-time favourite is Assam, but Ceylon and Darjeeling also occupy a place in my heart. Flavoured black tea can be a beautiful thing, and I like a good chai latte in the winter.

I also drink a lot of rooibos/honeybush tea, particularly on an evening. Sometimes they’re the best dessert replacements, too. White teas are a staple in summer — their lightness and delicate nature is something I can always appreciate on a hot day.

I’m still warming up to green teas and oolongs. I don’t think they’ll ever be my favourites, with a few rare exceptions, but I don’t hate them anymore. My experience of these teas is still very much a work-in-progress. I’m also beginning to explore pu’erh, both ripened and raw. That’s my latest challenge!

I’m still searching for the perfect fruit tea. One without hibiscus. That actually tastes of fruit.

You’ve probably had enough of me now, so I’m going to shut up. Needless to say, though, I really love tea. Long may the journey continue!

My rating system:

91-100: The Holy Grail. Flawless teas I will never forget.

81-90: Outstanding. Pretty much perfection, and happiness in a cup.

71-80: Amazing. A tea to savour, and one I’ll keep coming back to.

61-70: Very good. The majority of things are as they should be. A pleasing cup.

51-60: Good. Not outstanding, but has merit.

41-50: Average. It’s not horrible, but I’ve definitely had better. There’s probably still something about it I’m not keen on.

31-40: Almost enjoyable, but something about it is not for me.

11-30: Pretty bad. It probably makes me screw my face up when I take a sip, but it’s not completely undrinkable.

0-10: Ugh. No. Never again. To me, undrinkable.


Norfolk, UK

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